Come to the Green Side

December 25, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

In September 2009, Illinois passed the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act.  With the passage of this bill, Illinois becames the 16th state in the U.S. to ban electronic items from the state’s landfills.

Items that can no longer be disposed of in your garbage are:

  • TVs and monitors
  • Computers:  desktops, laptops and tablets
  • Computer accessories:  keyboards and mice
  • Printers and scanners
  • Fax machines
  • VCRS, DVD players/recorders
  • Videogame consoles
  • Portable music players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable/satellite receivers

Now is the time to take note–and advantage–of local electronic recycling events.  The villages of Elk Grove Village and Hoffman Estates are SWANCC communities and they provide a number of programs throughout the year.  Check out their website at  The Village of Schaumburg provides a big electronics recycling event every April.  And, the village of Hanover Park has an ongoing electronics dropoff at their Public Works facility on Lake Street.

The EPA also has a list of Registered Residential E-Waste Collection sites here.
Some of the local sites are:

  •  Goodwill Retail Services  900 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, 262-551-2843
  • Goodwill Retail Services  1420 S. IL Route 59, Bartlett, 262-551-2843
  • Goodwill Retail Services   543 E. North Avenue, Glendale Heights, 262-551-2843
  • Groot Industries, Inc.  1759 Elmhurst Road , Elk Grove Village, 773-242-1977
  • Vintage Tech Recyclers  6N030 Rosedale Road, Bloomingdale (no phone number listed)

Keep this blog in your favorites and we’ll keep you up to date on any upcoming events!


December 18, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Energy, Green Tips

When the heating bill starts to go up in the winter it can be a little hard to take.  These simple tips from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) can be a starting point for reining in some of your winter expenses:

  • Try using a crock pot instead of the stove.  Soups, chilis and stews are a good food choice for the winter and the crock pot can be a simple and economical way to sit down to a warm meal on a cold night.
  • Close your blinds at night to keep the drafts and cold air from infiltrating the interior of the house.  On the flip side, open the blinds during the day to take advantage of the warm sunshine.
  • Go without an electric blanket.  The CUB Energy Saver estimates that using one 10 hours a week during the winter months adds $13 to a typical electric bill.
  • Cut down on your shower time.  It saves on your utility bill–and your skin.
  • Lower your water heater temperature.  Putting a water heater blanket on helps even more.
  • Replace your old, incandescent holiday lights with LEDs can save up to $16 a year.
  • Replace CFL bulbs in just two of your most used sockets and save up to $20 a year!

December 11, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Building Supplies

If you’ve recently remodeled a part of your house or are contemplating some construction, you might want to consider an innovative program of the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse.  They are a non-profit organization that promotes reduction of waste in landfills through sustainable deconstruction and reuse practices.

In other words, you can visit their site in Evanston to donate some of your reusable building materials or you can use them as a place to shop for unique salvageable items to include in your remodeling effort.  Either way, they are there to take it easy on the landfills. 

Their details follow: 

Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse
1818 Dempster St
Evanston, IL 60202
Thursday and Friday: 3 – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 4 pm
(847) 864-9246

December 4, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Energy, Environmental programs

Are you interested in controlling the energy costs in your house but don’t necessarily have the money to do it?  Look into obtaining an Energy Impact Low Interest Loan to eliminate the upfront cost and allow you to pay for the improvements over a longer period.

Loans can be used on the following types of efficiency upgrades:

  • Boiler or Furnace With Additional Items –  Water heaters, programmable thermostats, central AC or any other Energy Star appliance or equipment are eligible if done in conjunction with a boiler or furnace
  • Whole Home Improvements – Anything recommended by a certified energy assessor that results in a comprehensive savings of 15% or more

Check out this website for a list of the lenders and the contractors so you can get started now on bringing your house up to its maximum energy efficiency!